Reunion & Mayotte: Overseas France Series
Do you know any places on Earth that are both in Africa and Europe?
Now, you know some, these are the two French departments Réunion and Mayotte.
What is special about them? Why do people visit them? And what you can do there?
There is no way you have not heard about Mauritius, a popular destination for beach lovers. Well, Réunion is right next to it. This cute small island has its charms, from beaches with dolphins, mountains and a volcano, to cute streets with markets, and a lot more.
This island is located in the Indian Ocean, it is one of France's overseas departments and one of only two, located in Africa, the other one being Mayotte.
Here you can visit: Le Piton de la Fournaise volcano, Natural History Museum, the beaches, Saint-Paul's market, or just go hiking, everything is within one reach.
The great thing is that the island is not overrun by tourism, and at the same time it has laid-back vibes and you can visit all year round because it is in a perpetual state of summer and sun.
If you go northwest of Réunion, you will reach Madagascar, and if you go a little bit further north, there is another place in the Indian Ocean, part of the African continent and an overseas territory of France. This is Mayotte.
Mayotte consists of two main islands, Grande-Terre and Petite-Terre, and some smaller islets.
Although one of the poorest French regions and known for its illegal immigration, especially from neighbouring and poorer Comoros, this not very popular destination does not fail at attracting some tourists and offers worthy things to experience.
These include, visiting Lake Dziani, climbing mount Benara, sunbathing on the beautiful beaches of Labattoir village, and kayaking in Bandrele.
I mean, just look at this:
Visiting: Things to Know
Both places offer great climates for visiting throughout the whole year. The abundance of natural sights, combined with beautiful local cultures, nice weather and different summer activities, gives you so many reasons to adore these tiny parts of the world.
The cuisines are very similar to each other and to other countries in the Indian Ocean, close to the coast of Africa. They are definitely perfect for foodies. You can get a large and delicious variety of foods: rice, dumplings, spices, seafood, different fruits and vegetables, roots and herbs, and a lot more.
When it comes to safety, you need to take normal precautions in both places. But just like anywhere in the world, make sure that you take care of your belongings.
As in many other tropical regions, where malaria is prevalent, you will also need to take anti-malaria medicine.
Knowing some French would be useful if traveling there, but even just a few necessary phrases in the language could help you for a short-term stay.
Overall, these two beautiful exotic regions that make up a tiny part of France offer beautiful climate and hospitable people. There are so many reasons why these places are so magnificent and special, you can even put them on your travel bucket list.
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